Woodworking plans, patterns, projects and how to use them.
Woodworking plans can be one of the most important part of any great wood project we make.You can
be throwing away money on materials by not knowing the precise size and amount of the lumber you
By following plans or patterns you will have the satisfaction and pride of knowing you built
the project by the specifications yourself.
As with all woodworking plans, these come in various degrees of skill levels. Some woodworking
plans comes with complete information with step by step instructions and illustrations along with
the materials needed and some will have full size traceable patterns.
There will be some plans in general
so you can make the project to your own specifications. However you choose there is a endless supply
of plans and patterns for just about any project you wish to perform.
There are many sources to obtain woodworking plans and patterns for just about any project you want
to make. There is the web where you can browse around and find endless supplies of free plans and also
where you can purchase the specific plan or plans of your choice.
There is a vast amount of woodworking
magazines and books that offer useful plans in them also. Try your local library for some woodworking
projects and plans in various books.
Craft shows offers a great way to come up with ideas to make some
projects for yourself or even for resell.
We got our plan now so what is next?
First we get the materials we need from the list in the plan, the
materials, hardware and tools needed for our project.
Study the plan and or project before any cutting
of materials are done to be sure of accuracy, because a wrong cut can make us come up short on our
materials and the time it takes to replace and recut.
There are several methods to tranfer designs from paper to wood. There is tracing paper we can put over
the plan and trace it out then put it on the wood with contact spray to hold it while we cut it. This is only
needed if we are cutting something that involves curves or radius cut.
We can also use carbon paper to
tranfer the pattern directly to the wood but this could involve some large sheets of carbon paper. If we
are making multiples pieces of the same object I recommend making a pattern with lauan or a thin piece
of plywood that we lay over and mark our pieces with , thus keeping all pieces uniform.
Remember it is always best to measure twice and double check your drawings and measurements to
insure a quality project.
With any plans or patterns they are only as good as the tools we have to work
with, for instance if we purchase a plan that requires routing and all we have is a saw, hammer and
nails than that plan isn't going to work with the tools availible to us.
However any tool we don't have there is a
possibility that a rental shop in your area may have it to rent for a period of time. These shops offers
a great way of having access to a tool without having to purchase them.
Free Woodworking Plans